03-06-2017 12:03 AM
My recent purchase has developed a start error (bsod). I have tried using Windows system recovery, to restore the system to an earlier point, but it doesn't work. So I M contemplating a full factory system restore using hp's recovery image on the partition.
My question is, can I install the fresh operating to a new ssd, and not the existing mechanical drive the PC came with?
Advice and installation tips would be much appreciated.
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03-06-2017 12:36 AM
Yes you can do a fresh install using Windows 10 installation media from the following link
(Note: Using a tool to create the iinstalltion media).
Now, use the media to install fresh Windows 10 on your computer. You need to use same version (Home) . During the installtion process, it will ask for a key, please SKIP and continue
Windows 10 will automatically activate when you come online. The key is in the BIOS.
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03-06-2017 12:41 AM - edited 03-06-2017 12:47 AM
Yes. You will need a 2.5" sata SSD. I recommend a Samsung or intel SSD. They have been winning the SSD wars for a while.
That is a highly recommended upgrade. If you download a windows ISO and create a USB installer it should be pretty straightforward
Here is the Windows 10 media creation tool download website.
Dowmnload the media creation tool file. YOu can do it on a different PC. You will need a USB flash drive that is at least 4GB. Be sure to select the version (Home or Professional) and type (32 or 64-bit) that was previously installed in your desktop PC's original hard disk.
Remove the original hard disk and install the new SSD (TLC or V-Nand) Do not choose an NVME type!
YOu might want to purchase a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter so the new drive will fit easily in place of the original 3.5" hard disk.
Connect the same power and data connector to the new SSD that was attached to the original hard disk.
Plug the USB installer you created into an available port.
Press the power button and immediately start tapping the F9 key. Choose the usb installer to boot to.
Follow the prompts to install the OS to your new SSD.
It will be activated when you go online.
I will edit this shortly and put a link for where you can find the required drivers.
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